Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, Video Recorder, 2010. Marble, 43 x 19 x 19 cm

It is the first room that captures the imagination in Ai Weiwei’s striking, frequently spectacular exhibition. To reach it, first you must pass through a thicket of reconstructed trees, each clamped into place by rusting iron girders in the RA courtyard. A counter to these snarling, twisted, fairy tale forms, the opening room eschews theatricality to thrilling effect. Edward Ball reviews

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Sprüth Magers, 7A Grafton St, London W1S 4EJ

Thomas Demand: Latent Forms

Thomas Demand, LATENT FORMS, Installation View, Sprueth Magers London, 13 October - 19 December, 2015

Latent Forms marks a stark departure from Demand's distinctive photographic style. Although three-dimensional architectural models remain his subjects, he has neither constructed them nor photographed them to look like real places. Review by Aris Kourkoumelis

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Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsplatz 1 1070 Vienna, Austria

Political Populism

Political Populism, Installation View

'Political Populism' is the extremely populist title for an exhibition which aims to critically question this phenomenon through artistic means. The exhibition is not designed to present a picture of the cultural and historical development of populist tendencies but instead gathers over twenty international artists’ works and showcases them according to diverse topics.

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Tenderpixel, 8 Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4HE

All the Revolving Cells

All the Revolving Cells, Installation View

'All the Revolving Cells' at Tenderpixel considers how to create a wider set of relations where nature is understood as a historical and material conditioning of social life.

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Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3AA

British Art Show 8

Anthea Hamilton, Ant Farms, 2015

Every five years the British Art Show, now in its eighth edition, tours four venues throughout the UK. The scale of the exhibition is colossal, the curatorial impetus similarly large in that it seeks to gauge the current climate of contemporary British art. Review by Fiona Haggerty

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Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, 13 Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HT

Tomorrow Was a Montage

 Zbigniew Rybczynski, Tango, 1980. Installation view of Tomorrow Was a Montage, Cooper Gallery DJCAD. Photo: Kathryn Rattray 2015. Courtesy of Cooper Gallery DJCAD and Zbig Vision Ltd.

'Tomorrow Was a Montage' opens up an exploration of the visual languages and polemical politics of the Former East in the 1960s and 1970s. Its legacies are scrutinized alongside contemporary practice, permeated with that era’s sensibility of high alert, provocation and disquiet. Review by Alexander Hetherington

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Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art contemporain, avenue Conti - 58 320, Pougues-les-Eaux

Les ruses de l’intelligence

Les ruses de l'intelligence, Installation View

Gathering its artists under the title of a book by Marcel Détienne and Jean-Pierre Vernant about the Greek notion of cunning, metis, 'Les ruses de l’intelligence' does not try to offer a survey or vision of our socio-economic context. Rather, taking its cue from this notion of metis, it highlights a practical form of intelligence, the know-how and stratagems that call into question the established order.

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von Bartha, Kannenfeldplatz 6 CH–4056, Basel

John Wood and Paul Harrison: Some Things are Undesigned

Some Things are Undesigned, Installation view at Von Bartha, Basel

Von Bartha presents an ambitious new exhibition by British artists John Wood and Paul Harrison, displaying the full range of their current practice; video, photography, drawing, and sculpture, in a unique maze-like setting of their own design. Though working across a number of mediums, Wood and Harrison’s works all share a common thread - that of everyday objects or experiences being subverted.

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